2022-2023 Course Catalog

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College of Science (COS)

COS 1004 - Explore Science Seminar (2 credits) 

Overview of the college and its degrees as well as the various career opportunities available to College of Science graduates. Introduction to University resources that aid in strategic academic and career planning. Intended for first-year Explore Science majors in the College of Science.

COS 1015 - Successful Starts in Science: Curie and Da Vinci Living Learning Communities (1 credit) 

First year experience course for students living in the Curie or Da Vinci Living Learning Communities at Virginia Tech. Provides resources and fundamental skills to enhance learning experiences and support academic success in the sciences. Engages students with professional and academic development activities both in the classroom and within a science-themed residence hall. Uses a learn by doing approach to blending technical know-how with leadership, ethical, interpersonal and professional skills fundamental to the practice of science. Requires teamwork to envision, design, and implement research projects while using innovative discipline-specific technology. Provides first-year students with support through a weekly peer mentoring program. 1015: Emphasis on scientific inquiry, curriculum planning, career planning in the sciences, skills to promote academic success, awareness of academic and career resources and opportunities. 1016: Emphasis on collaborative problem-solving skills using innovative discipline-specific technology, critical thinking; Integration of ideas and experiences to encourage life-long learning through service work related to their academic/ career interests.

COS 1016 - Successful Starts in Science: Curie and Da Vinci Living Learning Communities (1 credit) 

First year experience course for students living in the Curie or Da Vinci Living Learning Communities at Virginia Tech. Provides resources and fundamental skills to enhance learning experiences adn support academic success in the sciences. Engages students with professional and academic development activities both in the classroom and within a science-themed residence hall. Uses a learn by doing approach to blending technical know-how with leadership, ethical, interpersonal and professional skills fundamental to the practice of science. Requires teamwork to envision, design, and implement research projects while using innovative discipline-specific technology. Provides first-year students with support through a weekly peer mentoring program. 1015: Emphasis on scientific inquiry, curriculum planning, career planning in the sciences, skills to promot academic success, awarenenss of academic and career resources and opportunities. 1016: Emphasis on collaborative problem- solving skills using innovative discipline-specific technology, critical thinking; Integration of ideas and experiences to encourage life-long learning through service work related to their academic/career interests.

Prerequisite(s): COS 1015 
COS 1984 - Special Study (1-19 credits) 
COS 2015 - Professional Leadership in Science: Curie and Da Vinci LLC Leadership Course (1 credit) 

Leadership and professional development course for sophomore science majors in the Curie and Da Vinci Living Learning Communities (LLCs). Applied experience in fundamental leadership and project management skills associated with practice of science, gained through service learning within the LLC. 2015: Academic peer mentoring, application and development of leadership and communication skills; applicationi and development of project planning, organizational and collaboration skills; emphasis on written communication skills. 2016: Application of team mentoring and project management skills, including project planning and coordination, leadership strategies, collaboration, communication, conflict resolution, understanding group dynamics and the importance of diversity, and facilitating group discussion on scientific problem solving; emphasis on verbal communication skills.

Prerequisite(s): COS 1016 
COS 2016 - Professional Leadership in Science: Curie and Da Vinci LLC Leadership Course (1 credit) 
Prerequisite(s): COS 2015 
COS 2164 - Introduction to Scieneering (1 credit) 

Seminar-based course providing a survey of current interdisciplinary science and engineering research problems; introduction to interdisciplinary thinking and communication; issues related to interdisciplinary research teams.

Cross-listed: ENGR 2164 
COS 2964 - Field Study (1-19 credits) 
COS 2974 - Independent Study (1-19 credits) 
COS 2984 - Special Study (1-19 credits) 
COS 3015 - Applications of Leadership in the Orion Science Living Learning Community (1 credit) 

Applications of science leadership for sophomore through senior students in the Orion Science Living Learning Community (LLC). Students learn leadership skills while mentoring and designing activities to help younger students develop skills needed to succeed in college and future science careers. 3015: Recognize the needs of first- and second-year college students: help students find their own solutions; cooperatively plan and run activities that help first- and second-year college students develop professional skills and meet learning objectives; practice communication and motivation skills; model professional and ethical conduct; assess self as a learner and a leader. 3016: Coach teams and manage projects: help first- and second-year college students to apply their existing knowledge to a new project; identify problem-solving strategies and propose solutions; facilitate teamwork; communicate scientific information to the public in writing and orally; articulate the relationship between service to others and effective leadership.

Prerequisite(s): COS 1016 or COS 2016 
COS 3016 - Applications of Leadership in the Orion Science Living Learning Community (1 credit) 

Applications of science leadership for sophomore through senior students in the Orion Science Living Learning Community (LLC). Students learn leadership skills while mentoring and designing activities to help younger students develop skills needed to succeed in college and future science careers. 3015: Recognize the needs of first- and second-year college students: help students find their own solutions; cooperatively plan and run activities that help first- and second-year college students develop professional skills and meet learning objectives; practice communication and motivation skills; model professional and ethical conduct; assess self as a learner and a leader. 3016: Coach teams and manage projects: help first- and second-year college students to apply their existing knowledge to a new project; identify problem-solving strategies and propose solutions; facilitate teamwork; communicate scientific information to the public in writing and orally; articulate the relationship between service to others and effective leadership.

Prerequisite(s): COS 3015 
COS 4064 - Scieneering Capstone (3 credits) 

A capstone experience centered around an open-ended, faculty-advised senior project involving the design of a process, material, or technique for solving an interdisciplinary problem. Pre: Enrollment in Interdisciplinary Engineering and Science Minor.

Prerequisite(s): ENGR 2464 or BIOL 2124 
Cross-listed: ENGR 4064 
COS 4304 - Patent Law (2 credits) 

The protection and enforcement of patent law, U.S. case law that interpret Sections 35 of the US Statutory code; Analysis of the goals and costs of the patent law system; patentability requirements, infringement, remedies, patent prosecution issues, and patent transactions; Patent and intellectual property strategies.

Prerequisite(s): COS 2304 
COS 4324 - Global Aspects of Intellectual Property Law (3 credits) 

Comparative study of international intellectual property systems; international treaty arrangements for copyrights, patents and trademarks; protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights in foreign markets; policy analysis of the globalized intellectual property system.

COS 4964 - Field Study (1-19 credits) 
COS 4974 - Independent Study (1-19 credits) 
COS 4984 - Special Study (1-19 credits) 
COS 4994 - Undergraduate Research (1-19 credits)